A grant is financial aid that does not have to be repaid as long as you complete your classes. All federal grants are awarded to students with financial need.
Federal Pell Grant
Pell Grant awards are based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal government calculates an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) using student and family income and assets. The EFC determines the Pell Grant award for undergraduate students.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
FSEOG is awarded to undergraduate students receiving a Pell Grant with the highest need. Due to limited funding, preference is given to students who are registered for the fall semester and have complete Pell Grant files by May 15.
Illinois Monetary Award (MAP)
Eligibility for this tuition-only grant is determined by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Due to state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible. Get more information from www.isac.org
It is strongly recommended that you file your FAFSA early each year to meet state processing deadlines, which vary year to year.
Students must be enrolled in at least three (3) credit hours. Funding does not apply to summer classes. MAP usage is limited to 75 credit hours attempted. Funding is limited to tuition only and does not apply to books, supplies, lab fees or other expenses.